I'm Nicola Allan, a UK based freelance illustrator and designer living currently in Edinburgh with a passion for creating characters and making up stories. I love creating illustrated maps and greetings cards, and also designing patterns for products, packaging and apparel. Hand and brush lettering is something I really enjoy too so I incorporate it into my work as much as possible. Everything starts with a pencil sketch though I like working both traditionally and digitally - my favourite approach is to mix both by using ink, watercolour or gouache with colour pencil and then arranging and adding detail digitally.
Although I'm British, I spent most of my childhood in the hot steamy jungles of Borneo which provided me with a very open outlook, exposure to different cultures, flora and fauna. Ever since I was little, I wanted to become a working artist (particularly a children's book author and illustrator) and although I got a little side tracked along the way, qualifying and working as a lawyer for just over ten years, that dream has never left me.
When I’m not drawing or painting, I love being outside: walking, running, gardening (total plant nerd), hiking, skiing, surfing or just quietly sitting enjoying the space I find myself in. Most recently, I’ve started making little illustrated animations which are ridiculously addictive and my current obsession. I used to make stop motion animations as a kid so that may be my next project!
With a professional background as a lawyer, I bring an analytical mind to any task making sure my creative sparks are backed up with solid design thinking. I've been working as a part time freelance illustrator for the last three years and I'd welcome the opportunity to bring your project to life whilst engaging in a passion of mine.